Authentic Chinese Cilantro Tofu Soup

Authentic Chinese Cilantro Tofu Soup

Cilantro is an essential ingredient to Chinese salads or soups. Ah, how refreshing.

Ingredients: 2 to 4 servings

Vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon
Japanese leek (finely chopped)
3 cm
● Tofu (silken)
1/2 block
● Boiling water (or water)
1 liter
● Chicken stock granules
2 teaspoons
● Salt
1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon
Sesame oil
1 teaspoon
Umami seasoning
1/4 teaspoon
Cilantro (minced)
1 stalk


1. Cut the tofu into 1 cm cubes and finely chop the leeks and cilantro.
2. Add vegetable oil to a pot and saute the leeks and cilantro on low heat until slightly browned.
3. Add the ingredients marked ● and increase to high heat. When it comes to a boil, remove from heat.
4. Add 1 tablespoon water with dissolved katakuriko to the pot, mix well, then return to high heat. Remove from heat right before it starts to boil, add sesame oil and Aji-no-moto seasoning, then mix.
5. Serve to individual bowls, garnish with cilantro leaves, then serve.
6. Note: For those who dislike cilantro, substitute with other garnishing, such as mitsuba (Japanese parsley), scallions, Chinese citrus zest, or shiso leaves.

Story Behind this Recipe

I prepare this soup regularly.
Why not have a bowl?